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Hike the Eagle Rock Loop in Topanga State Park

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Meet in the parking lot of Topanga State Park
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Contact: Andrea Ackerman, Ph.D.

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Hike the Eagle Rock Loop in Topanga State Park:  The Hiking Club has done this hike in previous years.  It is a lovely, moderate hike with beautiful views of the ocean, Topanga Canyon and the valley.  We will return on the Musch Trail, which offers oak, sycamore and bay trees, ferns, moss-covered rocks, and possibly stream crossings (if we get some rain between now and then).
This is a 4 mile round-trip hike in Topanga State Park, accessed from Entrada Road, which is off of Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Sunday, January 28 @ 9:00 AM.  Estimated time 2.5 - 3 hours.  First hike in 2018; let’s get moving!
Meet in the parking lot for Topanga State Park via the directions below.  There are nice restrooms in the parking lot.
RSVP to Andi Ackerman  andiackerman@aol.com.  We wait for those who have RSVP'ed.   Please call 818.426.0674 day of the hike if you need help getting there or have changed your mind.
RatingThis hike is rated  easy to moderate, but the ascent does climb pretty steadily to the top.  We will stop to breath, drink, rest and enjoy the views of the ocean, the canyon and the valley along the way and at the top.  Be sure to bring water, a hat, and perhaps a little snack for the trail.  The trail itself is very clear and easy to navigate.  The descent has considerably more shade than the ascent, so be prepared for full sun on the way up (unless we have beach fog that morning).  Hiking boots are always recommended but probably not essential for this hike.  Same with poles.
Directions: (Please check to be sure Topanga Canyon is open on the PCH side following recent mudslide from the rain.) From Santa Monica, drive 4 miles northbound on PCH to Topanga Canyon Blvd.  Turn right onto Topanga Canyon and travel 4.6 miles to Entrada Road on the right and turn right again.  Drive 0.7 miles and turn left, following the posted state park signs.  Turn left again in 0.3 miles into the Topanga State Park parking lot.  
From the Ventura Freeway (US 101), exit at Topanga Canyon Blvd. and head north on Topanga Canyon.  (If you are heading west, the Topanga Canyon south off ramp curves around and leaves you on Topanga Canyon Blvd.  If you are heading east, the off ramp leaves you off on Ventura Blvd.  Travel a few blocks further east and you will come to Topanga Canyon.  Turn right and continue up the canyon).  Drive 7.6 miles south on Topanga Canyon Blvd. to Entrada Drive.  (Watch for the warning sign as it comes up around a blind curve.)  Turn left on Entrada Drive and follow the directions above to the parking lot.
Parking: There are a few options for parking.  There is parking inside the park for $10.00 ($9.00 for seniors - how do I know that?)  There is usually a ranger in the parking kiosk on weekends, but you may be using an automated parking machine that accepts cash and credit cards, so be sure to have both on hand.   There is also free street parking on the streets leading into the park, but they are often quite packed.  However, if you find a spot you can take the short walk into the parking lot to meet us. 
More Info.: This is one of my husband's and my favorite hikes because of the beautiful beach, valley and canyon views.  We often take out-of-town guests on this hike and they really enjoy it.  Great for seeing a small slice of what hiking in L.A. has to offer.  The Hiking Club has done this hike in previous years and it has been enjoyed by all.  
Andrea Ackerman, Ph.D.
818.713.1006 (office)
818.426.0674 (cell)

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